Just Like a Babyby Rebecca Bond
When the family learns they are going to have a baby, they decide they need a cradle. Father builds it, Grandfather paints it, Brother makes a mobile for it, Mother moves it underneath the window with a view of the starry sky. And, when Baby finally arrives, she sleeps in it, "just like a baby." As warm and reassuring as a baby's blanket, this story will touch every family that has welcomed a new child into their home.
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If I could have written and illustrated a book to help prepare my three-year-old for our new baby, this would have been it. It's warm and loving, and doesn't focus on the perceived negatives of adding a baby to the family like so many 'new baby' books do. The illustrations are at once whimsical and beautiful. I'll be giving this book to all my friends who have a new little one in the house!
This story is a wonderfully rich and cozy tale of a family's prepararations for a new child. Each illustration is filled with delightful details, requiring many re-readings to fully appreciate them all. The writing complements the quirky paintings and poetically draws in both children and adults. I am a first grade teacher, and this book was sheer joy to share with my class. The children love to participate in the repeated refrain and particularly enjoy searching for the dog in each illustration. I highly recommend it!!!